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Long and arching, finely dissected fronds are distinguished by slender bases with broad midsections and dramatically tapered tips that evoke the elegance of an ostrich plume. Reputed to be a prized culinary delight melding asparagus and green bean flavors, fresh fiddleheads thrust upward in spring from spreading underground rhizomes, growing into dense, vase-shaped green clumps.
Hailing from the northern regions of North America, Europe and Asia, The Ostrich Fern’s erect deciduous form is dramatic en masse and prefers a cool, moist shady realm, abiding some drought once established and providing welcome seasonal cover for wildlife.
Size: 4'–6' high x 3'–8' wide; hardy to zone 3.
Matteuccia struthiopteris (F-0004)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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